OREM — David Clark Knowlton, associate professor of behavioral science at Utah Valley State College, is the recipient of the University Faculty Fellowship in Ethics for the 2008-09 academic year.

The grant, worth $7,000, will go toward Knowlton's research regarding the study of the ethics and anthropology of Christianity amongst the indigenous people of Bolivia.

The purpose of the University Faculty Fellowship in Ethics is to facilitate faculty scholarship in interdisciplinary ethics, exploring moral challenges in a variety of disciplines, the school said.

Knowlton, a social anthropologist, has been actively involved in researching religious and social change in Bolivia as well as the development of supranational religions.

Since his first conversations with rural Bolivians, who tutored him in their culture, Knowlton said he has been concerned with the ways globalized society impacts lesser-known areas of the world, such as Bolivia.

Knowlton will present his findings on his research and scholarship during his fellowship year at the University Ethics Faculty Fellow keynote address during Ethics Awareness Week in 2009.